Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)

Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) helps pay for special health care needs in children. It may cover costs not paid by Medicaid or private health insurance. It can lessen your out of pocket costs. We provide services for children living in all cities in Cuyahoga County.

There are two programs:

  1. The diagnostic program helps to pay for diagnosis of medical conditions.
  2. The treatment program helps pay for the treatment of medical conditions.

Anyone can qualify for help in the diagnostic program. The Treatment Program is based on income.

Your child may qualify for one or both programs if he or she is:

  • Less than 21 years old
  • A permanent Ohio resident
  • Has a BCMH qualified medical concern or diagnosed condition.
  • Seen by a BCMH doctor

There are also income guidelines to qualify for the treatment program.

Click here for more information about the enrollment process. Our public health nurses and dietitian can help you enroll in the program.

If eligible, BCMH may help to pay for these items and more:

  • Hearing aids
  • Nutrition consulting
  • Office visits
  • Resources
  • Therapies
  • X-rays

Public health nurses and dietitians also help to coordinate services for your child.

Click here for more information about BCMH from the Ohio Department of Health.

Contact Information

To apply or more information please call (216) 201-2040 ext. 2015, talk to your child's doctor, or call 1-800-755-GROW (4769).

Deborah Horvath, R.N.
Program Supervisor
(216) 201-2000 ext. 1339
dhorvath@ccbh.net